Making the Trees Shiver in a Three Stars Garden Book Fair

Tristan and Pascale Leone, two of our youngest and brightest stars from NYWC’s Ridge Kids workshop, will be speaking to 4th graders at Community Roots Charter School & PS 67’s Book fair in Brooklyn, NY on February 4. There they will read their work aloud and talk with students along with NYWC staff about the writing process in an effort on behalf of the school’s literacy committee to keep kids in touch with writing and writers in their community. In addition, three of NYWC’s anthologies will be available for purchase at the book fair: Making the Trees ShiverFrom Kingsbridge to Canarsie, and I Feel Surreal.

The book fair will benefit the three schools located in the building — Community Roots Charter School, PS 67, and MS 369. Proceeds will also support the schools’ Three Stars Garden, an after school gardening program, thus bringing together writing, the arts, and the environment. Below are descriptions of the books of works written by our young writers  that are available for purchase at the book fair as well as online on the NYWC website.


making the trees shiver

Making the Trees Shiver is an eclectic collection recreating the magic that is the annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. Poetry and prose by Chris Abani, Amiri Baraka, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Staceyann Chin, Kwame Dawes, Jennifer Egan, Marlon James, Jacqueline Johnson, Willie Perdomo, Sonia Sanchez, Hal Sirowitz, and Quincy Troupe is interspersed with work by the talented next generation of young writers from NY Writers Coalition’s creative writing workshops. Making the Trees Shiver celebrates community writing at its finest: expansive, authentic, and full of life. Like Fort Greene Park itself, these pages are noisy at times, chilling at others, but always full of spectacular views. October 2011.




Through writing, interviews, and photography, neighborhood writers create portraits of New York City, then edit the stories with the neighborhoods to ensure authenticity. This book, in eight distinct voices, vibrantly paints what it is to be young and female and coming of age in New York City. It is a documentary book project that replicates the highly successful and innovative New Orleans-based Neighborhood Story Project.



i feel surreal


I Feel Surreal is the third book of writing from the Ridge Kids (ages 5-10), NYWC’s long-running workshop at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bay Ridge Branch. The pieces are hilarious, heartwarming and unbelievably insightful. A must read.